Recently I bought a pillowcase that had a scripture on it. I read the scripture, and I thought it was fitting for my life presently. The scripture is Hebrews 12:14. It discusses having peace and holiness.
Tonight, I was reading the Bible. While reading the Bible it gave me a new meaning to peace. I was reading chapter 3 of James, and when I got to the last verse that mentions peace it made me think. I realized that when we, or at least I, think of peace I think about it when dealing with other people. I never really thought of peace within ourselves. After reading this I happened to look at my pillow, and again it was about peace.
Most people know this about me, but I am an over-thinker. I’m also a perfectionist, planner, and I strive to be an over-achiever. All these things can be a good thing, but only in a healthy dosage. Sometimes in the past the healthy dosage has been something I struggled with. I would be working on these things so much that I would stress too much. I was talking to a near stranger yesterday, and they were pointing out these facts about me without me even telling them.
I can think of at least 2 of these situations in the past week. With both situations, I have over thought and stressed about the scenario. I had already assumed the outcome of these situations would be a negative. If I am being honest I started crying at the thought of what the outcome of one of these situations would be. Ultimately with both situations, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. With both the result was positive, and I stressed way too much about it.
I pray that God helps me work on my worrying and overthinking. I know that the Bible tells me to not worry about tomorrow, and I know it’s areas that I could greatly work on. God already has our future planned, and there isn’t much value in worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet. Yes, it’s good to be prepared for certain conversations although I know I take that too far sometimes. I hope that I grow in peace, because I want to strive for righteousness and holiness.
- “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” ~Hebrews 12:14 NIV
- “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” ~ James 3:18 NIV
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” ~ Proverbs 16:3 NIV
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
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